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Venice Biennale 2018: the blogSubscription

Catch up with all the action from the Venice Architecture Biennale – meet the bloggers

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From the archive: Places of exchangeSubscription

By Diana Cochrane

From AR November 2005: Great places of exchange invigorate the city as they become fully incorporated into its fabric, its patterns of use and its identity

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Yiwu: China's trinket townSubscription


The Chinese city of Yiwu is undergoing a modern-day Gold Rush of novelty item suppliers

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The gondola and the speedboat: Venice as a crucible of cultureSubscription

By Jonathan Glancey

As a melting pot of art and culture, Venice has historically been a source of inspiration for many

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Venice: problems and possibilitiesSubscription

By James Morris

From AR May 1971, a special issue devoted to the plight of Venice which predicted ‘the revival of Venice, the restoration of her new true dignity, the safeguarding of her purposes and the honour­ing of her heritage’

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Pyramid scheme: Teopanzolco Cultural Centre in Cuernavaca, Mexico, by Isaac Broid and PRODUCTORA Subscription

By Eleanor Beaumont

Placing the Aztec ruins centre stage, the Teopanzolco Cultural Centre is a dramatic landscape for performance

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A map in search of lost territory: Msheireb Downtown Doha, Qatar by Arup, AECOM and Allies and MorrisonSubscription

By Jay Merrick

The development of Msheireb Downtown Doha is intended to recreate the cultural roots of the district while accepting the march of time

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Dark matters: The avant-garde and club culture since the 1960sSubscription


The darkness of the nightclub is deployed to conceal bodies and acts that may not be acceptable in the sunlit street

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From the archive: The Haçienda night club in Manchester, UK, interior by Ben KellySubscription

By Alastair Best, Diana Cochrane

From AR September 1982: The steel entrails of The Haçienda warehouse, tricked out in bright colours, link the old Manchester of hard graft with the new Manchester of superabundant spare time

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Archive: Sundance dance studios in Hammersmith, London by Alsop & LyallSubscription

By Jonathan Glancey

The Sundance studios featured in AR February 1983 were an early work completed by Will Alsop and John Lyall – an indication of the extraordinary architectural career to follow

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Urbz: ’Dirt is fertile. Mess is more’ Subscription


Working with Mumbai’s density, productivity and energy, Urbz’s user-centric architecture has expanded outside India to Bogotá, São Paulo, Geneva and Seoul

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Family business: Empower Shack in Khayelitsha near Cape Town, South Africa by Urban-Think Tank and ETH ZurichSubscription

By Iain Low

The Empower Shack prototypes in the township of Khayelitsha, near Cape Town, upgrades extended-family housing with built-in flexibility


Transmission across time: William JR Curtis on MoneoSubscription

By William JR Curtis

The idea of a unified ‘Modernism’ is indeed a myth: William JR Curtis responds to Rafael Moneo’s Soane Lecture

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    April 2018 on Rethinking the rural

    Dessin et Construction | Carmody Groarke | Dorte Mandrup | Invisible Studio | Plan:b arquitectos | Edwin Lutyens | Typology: Building for animals

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    March 2018 on Women in Architecture

    Wolff Architects | WISE Architecture | MAIO | Gabinete de Arquitectura | Dow Jones | Paredes Pedrosa | 6a Architects | Barclay & Crousse | Amanda Levete | Madelon Vriesendorp | Zaha Hadid

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    February 2018 on Korea

    Kim Swoo Geun | David Chipperfield Architects | CoRe Architects | STPMJ | Kim Jong Kyu | Mass Studies | Iroje | Byoungsoo Cho | Sewoon Sangga | Paju Book City | Typology: Bathhouse

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    December 2017/January 2018 on New into Old

    Teget | Wingårdhs | O-office | ZHA | Duggan Morris | Diederendirrix | Heatherwick Studio | Flores & Prats | MVRDV | LOWDO | Jørn Utzon | Rafael Moneo | Cedric Price

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    November 2017 on Emerging Architecture

    Emerging Architecture awards | Berlin | Archive: Hans Scharoun’s Philharmonie | Karl Friedrich Schinkel | Franz Hessel | Typology: public toilet

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    October 2017 on After the revolution

    Social Condenser | Narkomfin | Program 200 | Alexander Brodsky | Alexey Ginzburg | DK-CM | Sergey Gnedovsky | Nowadays | El Lissitzky

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    September 2017 on Facades

    Gottfried Semper | Amin Taha + Groupwork | Caruso St John | Li Xiaodong | COBE | Rocha + Carrillo | Avenier Cornejo | John Portman | Typology: Shop

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    July/August 2017 issue on Home

    NL & XVW | Jo Noero | Studio Mumbai | GENS | CUHK | Lund Hagem | Lisa Shell | Lab.Pro.Fab | AHO & Kengo Kuma | Brinkworth | Charles Moore | Typology: Hotel

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    June 2017 issue on Water

    Superpositions | Philippe Rahm | Johansen Skovsted | AL_A | Vector architects | RAAAF | Plug architecture | RCR | Frank Lloyd Wright | Typology: Dam

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    May 2017 on Africa

    Wolff Architects | Ross Langdon + Studio FH | David Adjaye | Urko Sanchez | designworkshop:sa | Diébédo Francis Kéré | Typology: Skyscraper

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    April 2017 on Form

    Herzog & de Meuron | Neri & Hu | Glenn Murcutt | KWK Promes | Christ & Gantenbein | OMA | Patkau Architects | Typology: Airport | Martin Heidegger 

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    March 2017 on Shared Space & Women in Architecture

    SO–IL | Montiel | Mangera Yvars | 5468796 | Taller | XTU | Marks Barfield | Leers Weinzapfel | Typology: Public Square | Denise Scott Brown

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    February 2017 on Craft

    1438: Studio Mumbai | Peter Zumthor | Peter Salter | Liu Jiakun | Gianni Botsford | David Adjaye | Wim Goes | Fernando Menis | Typology: Studio | William Burges 

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    December/January 2016-17 on Celebrating 120 Years

    Rare and unseen archive pieces plus commentary from: Norman Foster | Patrik Schumacher | Beatriz Colomina | Yvonne Farrell | Gillian Darley | Peter Cook

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    November 2016 on Health & Death

    Death | Paul Lukez | Juan Carlos Salas | Fieldoffice | Typology: Crematorium | Boullée | Health | Karlsson/Vilhelm Lauritzen | Foster + Partners |  RUF | Aalto

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    October 2016 on Emerging Architecture

    1435: 18 rising global stars, including Frida Escobedo and Beals Lyon, plus profiles of past winners: Bjarke ingels | Klein Dytham | Thomas Heatherwick | Sou Fujimoto 

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Heart of greenness: Marina One, Singapore by Ingenhoven Architects with Gustafson Porter + BowmanSubscription

By Jeremy Melvin

Ingenhoven Architects’ Marina One mixed-use development in Singapore achieves a remarkable intensity of use and form

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Revisit: Habitat 67 in Montreal, Canada, by Moshe SafdieSubscription

By Tim Abrahams

The articulation of a sophisticated social ambition through a complex physical arrangement has stood the test of time

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From the archive: Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67 in Montreal, CanadaSubscription

The pilot exercise of Habitat houses, featured in AR August 1967 has resulted in one of the outstanding successes of Expo 67


Driven to distraction: the gravitational draw of the urbanSubscription

By Will Self

Will Self recalls the search for urban excitement after the suburban tedium of childhood

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From the archive: Ian Nairn’s Subtopia from June 1955Subscription

By Ian Nairn

Archive: Ian Nairn’s manifesto for ‘the main-in-the-street’ is a searing critique of suburbia – or ‘Subtopia’ – which is as relevant now as it was when it was published in 1955

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AR Emerging Architecture awards 2018 open for entriesVideoSubscription

Sou Fujimoto, Frida Escobedo, Thomas Heatherwick, Jürgen Mayer H – they all started with us and you can too

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The Indian city kinetic: consuming, reinterpreting and recycling spacesSubscription

By Rahul Mehrotra, Felipe Vera

Re-envisaging the city as a fluid symbiosis of the formal and informal could spark a more synergetic urbanism

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Makkah's popularity: a tale of two citiesSubscription

By Hessa AlBader, Hussam Dakkak, Basmah Kaki

In its quest to cater for pilgrims, Makkah has transformed from modest to grandiose, socially, architecturally and technologically

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Outrage: pure developer's architecture too often forgets the value of truly public spaceSubscription

By Owen Hatherley

Public space, where communities flourish, is often the first casualty of housing renewal today

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Burning intensity: an overwhelming collective energy fills the empty plain of the Nevada desertSubscription

By John Marx

The temporary city of Burning Man resonates with a unique communal vibrancy


Intense relationships: measuring urban intensitySubscription

By Tim Stonor

Enriching design practice by the mapping of human behaviour patterns could transform urban space

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Notopia: Cultivating the city of the 21st centurySubscription

By Terry Farrell

With the world’s cities growing at a rate never seen before, Terry Farrell is optimistic that digital technologies will determine their future

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Andreas Gursky and an economy of scaleSubscription

By Eleanor Beaumont

Depicting 30 years of global capitalism and mass consumerism, the photographs of Andreas Gursky sometimes make for uncomfortable viewing

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Pleasure principles: on the homogenisation of the modern citySubscription

By Catherine Slessor

The commodification and proscription of urban intensity is a threat to the life of the city

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AR May 2018: the Intensity issue is hereSubscription

Allies and Morrison | John McAslan + Partners | Mossessian Architecture | Andreas Gursky | Urbz | Terry Farrell | Ingenhoven Architects | Urban-Think Tank | PRODUCTORA | Moshe Safdie | Frank Gehry

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Reinventing the rural: a new perspective on our countrysideSubscription

By Adam Sutherland

The new vision created by urban dwellers of the green land is far more rural than the countryside itself

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Plan B for Colombia: Rural schools in Antioquia by Plan:b arquitectosSubscription

By Paula Mesa

As Colombia recovers from years of armed confict, a series of schools in rural areas by Plan:b is driving programmes of education, culture and community engagement

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Park at Rectory Farm, London, by Carmody Groarke and Vogt Landscape ArchitectsSubscription

By Lucy Bullivant

A new concept for urban logistics, the new park is an adaptive solution that will provide space and reuse resources

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Poised for flight: Visitor centre in Denmark by Dorte MandrupSubscription

By Oliver Lowenstein

The thatched visitor centre in the wetlands of Jutland celebrates rich ecological habitat with a contemporary aesthetic

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The double exposure of the Marshall IslandsSubscription

By Stuart Kirsch

After the culture loss experienced due to US nuclear experiments in the mid 20th century, the Marshall Islands face now the threat of climate change

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China’s shift from urban development to rural reconstructionSubscription


Source of both peasant revolution and cultural continuity, the countryside has long held a place in Chinese mythology

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